Breathing Methods and Their Benefits

Most people don’t take the time to breathe properly. Their breaths are quick and short. Most of the time, they are not even conscious of their breathing at all. Full, deep, relaxed breaths are very beneficial to our health and taking the time to do this can help us with a variety of problems. For example, oxygen is very important for our cells health, and they rely on us to bring it in via our lungs and through the blood system. Also, when we take deep breaths, our diaphragm is lowered into our stomach and encourages digestion. This allows us to eliminate properly. When we take the time to breathe properly, we can also ease stress and anxiety. The deep breaths allow us to slow down our heart rate there for calming us down. Working on these systems with breathing can help with a variety of problems. Below you will find different breathing exercises as well as their benefits.

Before Starting:

Find a comfortable place with no distractions. Allow yourself at least 15 minutes to practice.

Cleansing breath oxygen intake, bringing clarity to the mind and improving concentration:

• Take one deep inhalation
• On the exhalation, sharply contract the abdominals to push all the air out. Breathe through the nostrils making a sighing sound.
• Relax the abdominal and take another deep slow inhalation. Repeat these steps 10 to 20 times.
• After inhale and exhale normally. Inhale once again and hold your breath for as long as it is comfortable. Slowly exhale and pay attention to your mind.

Alternate nostril breathing for soothing the nervous system and calming the mind:

• Put your thumb your thumb and index finger on the side of your nose at the base. Press down on the left nostril and inhale.
• Clip the nostrils together and hold your breath for a bit.
• With you index finger press down on the left nostril and exhale through the right.
• Now inhale through the left nostril keeping pressure on the right one.
• Now exhale through the right nostril while putting pressure on the left.
• Repeat this series 3-5 times, as you get better you can work your way to 20.

Cooling breath for purifying the blood, quenching thirst and stimulating the liver and spleen:

• Stick out your tongue and curl up the side to make a tube. Breathe in as if you are sucking air through a straw.
• Bring your tongue to your palate and hold your breath for a few seconds.
• Exhale through your nose.
• Repeat 3-5 times.

Bee breath for calming the mind, helping pregnant woman prepare for labor and improving the quality of the voice:

• Contract the upper part of your wipe and inhale smoothly but with force.
• Exhale smoothly through both nostrils.
• Repeat 5-10 times.

Victorious breath for strengthening the nervous system, relieving tiredness, removing excess phlegm, gas or bile.

• Exhale deeply and expand the chest for a deep inhalation.
• Contract the back of your throat in order to narrow the air passage.
• Compress the abdominal and expulse as mush air as possible.
• Repeat 5 times.
• Finish by taking 5 normal deep breaths holding your breath between inhalation and exhalations.

Jewel city breathing for cleansing the lungs, improving circulation, bringing clarity to the mind and increasing energy.

• Take deep inhalations and exhalations for 1-2 minutes.
• On an exhalation bring the naval toward the spine.
• On the inhalation bring relax the muscles around the naval and imagine energy coming into your naval.
• Repeat 5-10 times.

With these exercise you will be forced to take the time for yourself and breathing properly. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.

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~ by 1bizzybee on February 10, 2010.

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